(Closed) After the ceremony…

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1580 posts
Bumble bee

yes, that’s the way the receiving line works.

We actually aren’t doing a receiving line because our church doesn’t allow it. So we are going to hide either in the choir loft or downstairs while all of our guests exit and then walk out the front doors with everyone out there clapping or whatever.

We aren’t doing a get-away car. I’ve actually never seen anyone do a get-away car. It has just been understood that after the bubbles/rice/whatever, the bridal party would have to take pictures, and everyone else was free to leave. I suppose you could drive around the block a couple times until all the guests clear out, but we just don’t really care about the get-away car so we’re not doing it.

Post # 4
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My sisters recieving line was at the entrance of the church and IT WAS A MESS> it bottle necked and noone could move. People tend to stand around and mingle. If you can, it’d be best to have it OUTSIDE so people can move around. Also, if you have a coordinator, try to make them the bad guys and make people move along. Not stand and talk to the bridal party. Things need to keep moving.


My wedding we didn’t do a recieving line, not enough time for one. We made sure to get to each table at the reception though, and it worked out just fine. If we missed people — oh well!!!  🙂

Post # 5
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We didn’t do a receiving line either.  However, our ceremony and reception were in the same location.  I went to a wedding where everyone just waited around for the couple to finish up formal pics and then went to the reception.  They actually did a faux get away in the middle of the reception rather than at the end of either the ceremony or reception.

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d say skip the receiving line and just exit the church, do your getaway car thing and then circle back for pics. I’m really grateful for all the couples that have skipped receiving lines and just greeted guests at the reception.

Unless you have a really small wedding it’s a lot of waiting around. If a guest is one of the first ones to greet you – they have to wait for everyone to cycle thru and then see your exit and then wait again at the reception hall while you take pics. Plus wouldn’t it be nicer to spend a few moments alone with your new husband (since you’re not seeing each other before) rather than having to greet a bunch of guests right away?

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